A FORMER People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader is soliciting donations to help 13 core PAD leaders cover Bt7 million in court fees.
The 13 are being sued by the Airports of Thailand (AOT) for shutting down Bangkok airports in 2008.
Maleerat Kaewka, one of the PAD leaders, posted a message on Facebook saying she was shocked to hear that the Court of Appeals had ruled that Chamlong Srimuang and 12 others, including herself, must pay Bt600 million in compensation for seizing the Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports. She added they might all have to file for bankruptcy as a result.
She explained that the PAD had been rallying for the amendment of the 2007 Constitution’s Article 190 and other important legislation, including the Thai-Cambodia joint statement, which violated Article 190.
Maleerat also pointed out that PAD supporters protesting against the Thaksin regime had been a target of M79 bomb attacks time and again, with many being killed or injured.
After the PAD rallies ended, the AOT took them to court and the lower court ruled that they pay Bt522 million in compensation. This sum was raised to Bt600 million in the Court of Appeals, and if PAD wants to appeal with the Supreme Court, they must produce Bt7 million in court fees.
They have until Friday to raise the funds and secure the right to appeal the case.
Those wanting to help can transfer cash to Thailand Watch Foundation, Kasikorn Bank, savings account number 008-2-26479-7.